Long Lartin is a high security men’s prison in Evesham, Worcestershire.
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Book and plan your visit to Long Lartin
Long Lartin prison is at stage 3 in the National Framework for Prisons. We are now preparing to open for visits and we will update this page with specific visiting information as soon as possible.
Find out more about visiting someone in prison during the COVID-19 pandemic. You can also follow @HMPPS on Twitter and read a rolling update page.
There are a number of other ways to contact someone in prison if you are unable to visit them. You can:
- leave a voice message using the Prison Voicemail Service
- send them an email using the email a prisoner service
- write to them
- use secure video calling
You can also contact the Prisoners’ Families Helpline on 0808 808 2003.
Keep in touch with someone at Long Lartin
There are several ways you can keep in touch with a resident during their time at Long Lartin.
Secure video calls
Secure video calling is available at this prison. Family and friends need to download the purple visits app, create an account, register all visitors, and add the prisoner to their contact list.
Residents do not have phones in their rooms so they will always have to call you. They have to buy phone credits to do this.
They can phone anyone named on their list of friends and family. This list is checked by security when they first arrive so it may take a few days before they are able to call.
You can also exchange voicemails using the Prison Voicemail service.
Officers may listen to phone calls as a way of preventing crime and helping keep people safe.
You can send emails to someone in Long Lartin using the Email a Prisoner service.
You might also be able to attach photos and receive replies from the resident, depending on the rules at Long Lartin.
You can write at any time.
Include the person’s name and prisoner number on the envelope.
If you do not know their prisoner number, contact Long Lartin.
All post, apart from legal letters, will be opened and checked by officers.
Send money and gifts
You can use the free and fast online service to send money to someone in prison.
You can also send:
- postal orders
Postal orders and cheques should be made payable to The Governor, and include the resident’s name and prisoner number on the back.
Gifts and parcels
People in Long Lartin are given a list of approved items that can be sent to them as gifts. Contact Long Lartin for more information on what’s allowed.
Visitors can bring in books.
Men can also apply for one clothing package and one electrical package a year, depending on ‘privileges’.
Make sure to include the man’s name and prisoner number on the parcel.
All parcels will be opened and checked by officers.
Life at Long Lartin
Long Lartin is committed to providing a safe and educational environment where men can learn new skills to help them on release.
Security and safeguarding
Every person at Long Lartin has a right to feel safe. The staff are responsible for their safeguarding and welfare at all times.
All safeguarding processes are overseen by Worcestershire County Council.
Arrival and first night
When a resident first arrives at Long Lartin, they will be able to contact a family member by phone. This could be quite late in the evening, depending on the time they arrive.
They will get to speak to someone who will check how they’re feeling and ask about any immediate health and wellbeing needs.
Each person who arrives at Long Lartin gets an induction that lasts about a week. They will meet professionals who will help them with:
- health and wellbeing, including mental and sexual health
- any substance misuse issues, including drugs and alcohol
- personal development in custody and on release, including skills, education and training
- other support (sometimes called ‘interventions’), such as managing difficult emotions
Everyone also finds out about the rules, fire safety, and how things like calls and visits work.
A prisoner offender manager (POM) is allocated to the new resident who will support them with risk reduction, transfers, parole and any other issues that come up.
Long Lartin houses over 600 men in single rooms. There are 6 residential units and a detainee unit. All units are supported by healthcare, programmes and segregation units.
There is an Incentives and Earned Privileges (IEP) system so men can earn a cell with in-cell TV and cooking facilities.
All wings have rooms with in-cell TV, table tennis and pool tables. There is a gym with a full size sports hall, weight training room, classroom and all weather area. Men can apply for up to 5 sessions a week, as well as training for qualifications.
Education and work
Vocational training includes woodcraft, bricklaying, barbering, industrial cleaning, laundry and painting and decorating.
Work activities also include contract work earning enhanced wages.
The education department offers a wide range of learning opportunities both in the classroom and the workplace. It focuses on the need to raise basic skills with a fully equipped Skills for Life Workshop, whilst also offering Open University courses to those who wish to study at degree level. The library provides a wide range of reading material and music.
Offender behaviour programmes offer courses to those who struggle with emotional management, violence and substance abuse problems. All residents are subject to mandatory drugs testing (MDT). There is a personal officer scheme and drugs counselling.
The multi-faith chaplaincy team provides pastoral care for staff and residents. The aim is to help prisoners to discover and develop a spiritual awareness both individually and in groups. General activities like art, music, concerts, seminars and bereavement support are also offered.
Organisations Long Lartin works with
Worcestershire Primary Care NHS Trust provides a team of multi-disciplinary nurses and agency GPs for the healthcare centre.
Services include mental health, physiotherapy (help with physical injuries and pain), a dentist, optician and podiatrist (for foot problems).
Support for family and friends
Find out about advice and helplines for family and friends.
Support at Long Lartin
The Prison Advice and Care Trust (PACT) offer help and support to families and friends with someone in prison.
Problems and complaints
If you have a problem contact Long Lartin. If you cannot resolve the problem directly, you can make a complaint to HM Prison and Probation Service.
HM Prison and Probation Service publishes action plans for Long Lartin in response to independent inspections.
Contact Long Lartin
Governor: Steve Cross
Telephone: 01386 295 100
Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm
Fax: 01386 295 101
Find out about call charges
In an emergency, call 0800 496 1455.
HMP Long Lartin
Safer custody hotline
If you have concerns about the safety or wellbeing of a man in Long Lartin, call the safer custody hotline.
Telephone: 0800 496 1455
Find out about call charges
Leave your name, telephone number, the reason for your call and the name and prisoner number of the man you are worried about. You should be called back within 24 hours.
In an emergency, call 0800 496 1455.